Farnbacher Loles Racing will start three cars from the top 10 positions on the GT grid for Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The team led two of the three practice sessions on...
Farnbacher Loles Racing will start three cars from the top 10 positions on the GT grid for Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The team led two of the three practice sessions on Friday, with 2007 Rolex Series GT champion Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, posting the fastest class practice time.
Eric Lux of Jacksonville, Fla., led the Farnbacher Loles contingent in qualifying, putting the No. 86 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car fifth in class with a lap of one minute 26.018 seconds at an average speed of 94.501 mph on the 2.258-mile road course. He will drive the first stint on Saturday, followed by Leh Keen of Charleston, S.C.
"Today's qualifying was all right, but we're struggling with these Pirelli tires," Lux said. "Porsche has stepped up to the plate and helped us out, which is nice. Even though we have the car lower now, it's not enough because we're still lacking overall grip. We're forced to run higher pressures and less camber than what we should be running -- the camber's equal to street cars! I think we need to do more research and tire tests to improve the car right now. Hopefully, we can keep the tires underneath us and have a good podium finish."
Bryce Miller of Summit, N.J., was right behind Lux with a sixth-place effort of 1:26.027 (94.491 mph). Miller returns to Farnbacher Loles for the rest of the season, sharing the No. 87 Porsche with Werner. The two drove the No. 87 Porsche to the Rolex Series GT team championship last year.
"The car demonstrated really good consistency at a good pace and we were able to manage the tires a little bit better than what we have in the past on the Porsches," Miller said. "The front tires came in a little bit late and I could have used the front [sway] bar to bring them in a little faster. When the tires were ideal, I got caught up in traffic a little bit, but I was able to break free at the end of the session and do one better. There seemed to be a lot of swapping of positions -- I think the tires were just coming in at different moments for everyone."
Dave Lacey of Toronto was quick throughout the 15-minute qualifying session in the No. 88 Porsche, ultimately setting the ninth-fastest GT time (1:26.146, 94.361 mph). His co-driver, Steve Johnson of Bristol, Va., will follow Lacey's opening stint on Saturday.
"The car felt pretty good," Lacey said. "We've got a bit of oversteer that we need to dial out overnight, because I don't think that's a good place to start with the car. We were close, but it's deceiving because it's a short track, so the [lap] times look a lot closer than they are on a percentage basis. We have a few ideas to change the car to make it into a better race car for Saturday. We'll have different temperatures and likely different weather, so we're going to plan for that. We look forward to another top-10 finish."